Memeology: The best of the 'What I Really Do' jokes on Facebook

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17 - Feb - 2012
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17 - Feb - 2012
 
Memeology: The best of the 'What I Really Do' jokes on Facebook

The memes roll in and the memes roll out. This week's Facebook meme is a variation of the perception-versus-reality gag, with people in different careers making simple collages that present pictorial examples of what various people "think" they do—their parents, their friends, society at large—before delivering the punch line of what it is they "really" do.

So far, most of the ones we've come across concern artsy professions like photographer, director, writer, etc. —basically, folks with access to simple photo-editing tools and lots of time on their hands. Amazingly, no one has thought to make the payoff image for any of those callings a picture of a barista (this would also work for musicians, actors, poets, and philosophers).

It also pains us to note that "journalist" has not one but two entries so far, both of which hit a little too close to home (see accompanying slide show). Maybe making "What-I-Really-Do" lists is, in fact, what we really do here in the Fourth Estate.

But if this meme has started out with a narrow focus, here's hoping it's got the legs to start deconstructing some other professions. What do CEOs really do as opposed to what we think they do? How about politicians, software developers, sales people, and athletes? Could you even conduct this exercise with reality TV stars given that most of us already perceive them as a big joke?

Take a look at the sampling of "What-I-Really-Do's" in below, and if you've got one of your own, let us know in comments!


 
The Fourth Estate
The Fourth Estate
Journalists drinking away the pain? Never happens!
 
 

 
The Fifth Estate?
The Fifth Estate?

Yeesh, another one about journalists? Maybe the last panel should show the guy making a "What-I-Do" collage.

 
 

 
Makin' Movies
Makin' Movies

Apparently, working with the previous "What-I-Do" subjects is a real headache.

 
 

 
The Thin Blue Line
The Thin Blue Line

Mmm, donuts and moustaches!

 

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The IT Guy
The IT Guy

No comment. We want our email to keep working after this publishes.

 
 

 
The Talent
The Talent

The first of several "What-I-Do's" that ends up with somebody waiting for the phone to ring.

 
 

 
VC, Call Home!
VC, Call Home!

Again with the desperate waiting for the phone to ring!

 
 

 
The Mighty Pen
The Mighty Pen

Sorry to break it to you, but society doesn’t really think you’re Shakespeare.

 
 

 
Shutterbugz
Shutterbugz

C’mon, doesn’t Adobe take enough heat already?

 

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Shutterbugz, Pt. 2
Shutterbugz, Pt. 2

We call B.S.! What your mom thinks you do IS what you really do.

 
 

 
The 9.9 Percent
The 9.9 Percent
Oh well, at least we got the Halftime in America show this year.

 

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